Bonnie Jo Moore’s first novel, Murder Takes a Vacation, is set in Sister Bay. In this first installment of her Mia Zielinski: Northern Door Mystery series, Zielinski – a gutsy polio survivor with a playful sense of humor and an uncanny ability to sense things – plans to spread the ashes of her long-dead daughter in the waters of Death’s Door while vacationing in Door County.
But, what Zielinski hopes will be a cathartic holiday turns into six days of suspense filled with missing tourists, arson and murder. Along the way, she frequently crosses paths with widowed Sheriff Bill Byrne and begins to develop feelings for him.
Moore was born in Menasha. The 1955 polio epidemic left her unable to walk as a young child, and she was a Wisconsin March of Dimes polio poster child. The fictional character Mia Zielinski is based on the author’s life as a person with a disability and her love of the peninsula. Moore worked in technical publishing before retiring to Arizona. This is her first foray into fiction.
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